Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 27, 2002
Anesthesiologists' substance abuse constant despite efforts
Despite improved control of operating room medications and increased education, the rate of substance abuse among anesthesiologists remains unchanged, according to a new Duke University Medical Center survey.

Mayo Clinic researchers document safer treatment for atrial fibrillation
Mayo Clinic researchers report that the risk of stroke that sometimes results from a common treatment for atrial fibrillation can be minimized when the patient takes anticoagulation medication prior to the procedure.

Fred Hutchinson receives $12.7 million to lead prostate-cancer consortium
The National Cancer Institute has awarded $12.7 million to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to lead a multi-center, five-year investigation into the genetic mechanisms of prostate-cancer progression.

Parts are not just parts when they're part of the International Space Station
Some of the most important parts of the International Space Station will never fly in space.

NIDA and SAMHSA agreement expedites transfer of research findings to clinical practice
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced a unique intra-agency agreement to expedite the application of findings from treatment research into clinical application.

NSF awards $9 million for study of proteins
The National Science Foundation has awarded $9 million to Carnegie Mellon computer scientists, University of Pittsburgh biological chemists and colleagues to advance a new field called biolinguistics, which uses computational tools to study structure, function of proteins in human cells.

Researchers develop calculator to better determine prognosis for patients with melanoma
Mayo Clinic researchers have developed another user-friendly calculator to aid physicians in better understanding complex cancer data and helping their patients make more informed decisions about treatment.

Colorado U. to fly hardware, experiments on space shuttle, space station
Researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder will be flying several biomedical and agricultural experiments on NASA's space shuttle Atlantis slated for launch Oct.

Experts gathering to discuss tapping into $40-$50 billion natural products market
How North Carolina and especially its agricultural communities can tap into the U.S. natural medicinal products market - a $40 billion to $50 billion industry -- will be the topic of discussion Monday (Sept.

Treatable depression often accompanies even mild memory loss
Symptoms of depression, irritability, and apathy are common among people with mild memory loss, known to doctors as

University of Pittsburgh researchers develop a urinary catheter to monitor oxygen delivery to organs
When treating trauma and critical care patients who are in hemorrhagic shock, hours and days count.

Type A and can't handle it?
Mayo Clinic researchers today identified a genetic basis for the heart's ability to withstand fight-or-flight responses: a protein called Kir6.2 enables the heart to react to stress without distress.

In blood pressure reduction, below standard is good
Intensive lowering of blood pressure may be needed to gain the full benefit of the therapy on blood vessels.

New protease inhibitor held HIV at undetectable levels for four years
A study from The Feinberg School of Medicine has shown that the protease inhibitor lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra®) suppressed HIV to undetectable levels and was well tolerated through four years of treatment in patients who had not previously received antiretroviral therapy.
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